2018 PNG Apprentice of the Year

Oil Search Limited process technician apprentice, Perpetua Oseia, is the 2018 PNG Apprentice of the Year.

Oseia was selected ahead of eight other contestants from industrial, mining and petroleum companies to claim the honour of becoming the top apprentice at the annual National Trade Testing Board (NATTB) end of year awards.

From Milne Bay Province, 27-year-old Oseia won the internal Oil Search Apprentice of the Year after her project, ‘Gas Dehydration’, was judged as the winning project and was selected to represent Oil Search at the national title.

In the presence of her mum Hilda Tomlinson and Oil Search colleagues, the soft-spoken third year apprentice, who is based at the company’s Central Processing Facility (CPF) in Kutubu, was one of the two females who represented their respective organisation to compete with the other seven male apprentices.

Oseia said it was a sense of satisfaction as it was a dream-come-true for her.

She added that being considered for this year’s top award was a way she can encourage more women to showcase their potentials in this kind of event and ply their trade at their workplaces.

Oseia thanked her parents and her colleagues for encouraging her and supporting her to succeed in life.

She went on and encouraged aspiring female apprentices to always take the challenge and never stop dreaming.

NATTB is the governing body for apprentice and trade testing in the country. Each year there is a competition open to all final year apprentices to compete for the Apprentice of the year award.

Oil Search has been continually involved with technical support and assistance to the apprentice program and has representatives in the NATTB Board.

Freddy Mou